North Carolina Abortion Facts
State abortion statistics from the leading public and private sources.
Collective state abortion statistics are gathered privately by the Guttmacher Institute and federally by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Because of reporting lag, their most recent data is generally 2-3 years old. In most cases, state-level abortion facts are more current than the numbers reported by AGI or the CDC.
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Total Abortions (2015): 27,631
The North Carolina State Center for Health Statistics reports that 27,631 abortions took place in North Carolina during 2015.
Total Abortions (2014): 24,605
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that 24,605 abortions took place in North Carolina during 2014. The table below compares North Carolina abortion totals by year.
Abortion Percentage (2014): 16.9%
In 2014, 16.9% of pregnancies in North Carolina ended in abortion. This number does not take into account miscarriages. It was arrived at by dividing the state abortion ratio by the sum of the abortion ratio plus 1,000. The abortion ratio is the number of abortions that occurred per 1,000 lives births. The table below compares North Carolina abortion percentages by year.
Out-of-State Abortion Percentage (2014): 14.5%
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that 14.5% of the abortions that took place in North Carolina were performed on out-of-state residents.
*U.S. averages are limited to reporting districts.
Total Abortions (2014): 29,960
The Guttmacher Institute reports that 29,960 abortions took place in North Carolina during 2014. In 2011, there were 28,600 abortions reported—compared with 33,140 in 2008 and 34,500 in 2005.
Abortion Rate* (2014): 15.1
The Guttmacher Institute reports that the 2014 abortion rate for North Carolina was 15.1. In 2011, the abortion rate in North Carolina was 14.6. It was 17.5 in 2008, 18.8 in 2005, and 21.0 in 2000. The 2014 abortion rate across the entire United States was 14.6.
*The abortion rate is the number of abortions per 1,000 women aged 15-44 years.
Percentage of Pregnancies Ending in Abortion (2011): 16%
In 2011, 175,900 women in North Carolina became pregnant. 68% of these pregnancies resulted in live births and 16% in induced abortions. The remaining pregnancies ended in miscarriage.
Percentage of All U.S. Abortions (2014): 3.2%
In 2014, 3.2% of all U.S. abortions occurred in North Carolina.
Facilities That Perform Abortions (2011): 36
In 2011, the Guttmacher Institute reports that there were 36 abortion providers in North Carolina. There were 31 providers in 2008, 37 providers in 2005, and 55 providers in 2000.
State Abortion Restrictions (2016):
- A woman must receive state-directed counseling about abortion and then wait 72 hours before the abortion takes place.
- Health plans offered in the state’s health exchange can only cover abortion in cases of life endangerment, rape or incest.
- The use of telemedicine for the performance of medication abortion is prohibited.
- Public health insurance can only cover abortion in cases of life endangerment, rape, or incest.
- The parent of a minor must consent before an abortion can take place.
- Public funding is available for abortion only in cases of life endangerment, rape or incest.
- A woman must undergo an ultrasound before obtaining an abortion.